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Video: Rapha City Glasses Review

The Rapha City Glasses are the stylish brand’s 3rd line of eyewear – geared to casual use and looking good, but built to a higher level of quality with Carl Zeiss lenses, the best acetate frames from Mazzucchelli, and looks you can judge for yourself. Also – What’s On PEZ this week – coverage of the UCI 2017 UCI Road World Championships from Bergen Norway, and we’re off to Interbike – a busy week ahead – hope you can join us. Viewing Tip #27: Check out the PEZ Youtube channel for all our homebaked video goodness.

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And here’s the release from Rapha sent us a couple months back…

Heritage styles incorporate sports eyewear technology
Rapha’s new City Glasses bring the functionality of sports eyewear to urban riding with two classic frame shapes inspired by heritage styles and up-to- the-minute lens and production technology.

Designed for the modern rider, the new Rapha City Glasses work perfectly on and off the bike, featuring fine Italian acetate, a bespoke two-position locking hinge system, and Carl Zeiss lenses.

Manufactured in Italy, the glasses feature scratch-resistant, hydrophobic and oleophobic Carl Zeiss lenses to ensure excellent visual clarity, and use a bespoke two-position locking hinge system to keep them secure either folded or open while being worn. Weighing 30g, the glasses are comparable to the lightest-weight sports sunglasses available today.

The arms are crafted from galvanised stainless steel to prevent corrosion, and their narrow structure ensures unobstructed peripheral vision. The frames are made from fine Mazzucchelli Italian acetate that is both lightweight and durable. This cotton-based organic material also features on the temple grips to allow the glasses to be customised to the rider’s head shape by an optician.

Available in two frame designs to accommodate a variety of facial shapes, and two colours, ‘French Alps’ and ‘LA’, each inspired by classic Rapha photoshoots in the respective destinations.

City Glasses are the third eyewear style to be released by Rapha, which entered the optical market with its Classic Glasses in 2015. These were followed by the Pro Team Glasses in 2016, tested by professionals and ridden in the pro peloton.

Detailed information:
● Available in round and square frame shapes
● Manufactured in Italy
● Lightweight frame arms made using metal injection moulding
● Bespoke locking hinge to help securely position glasses while riding
● Lightweight and durable Mazzucchelli acetate frames
● Details inspired by racing glasses
● Carl Zeiss Vision lens offers excellent visual clarity
● Durable and scratch resistant
● Hydrophobic and oleophobic coating
● Integrated nose pads

RRP: $235

Further information:

About Rapha:
Rapha was established in 2004 to address a need for stylish, high performance cycling clothing. It now provides products for every road cyclist, from urban commuters to world class professional teams and continues to push the boundaries of innovation in cyclewear. Alongside this, Rapha has cultivated a global community of passionate cyclists who come together as members of the Rapha Cycling Club (RCC), the largest club of its kind in the World. Rapha’s direct to consumer model and unique brand values come to life in its travel offering and in the global network of Clubhouses that combine retail, a cafe and cycling culture under the same roof.

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